Welcome to the DPB Lab!

The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


Latest news
  • 3B study has started!
    3B Study has started! We are very happy to announce the start of a new project: the 3B study (Baby, Breastfeeding, and Back-2-work). We will investigate the well-being of mothers returning to work, and whether their well-being can predict … Read more
  • Research Capacity Building
    Côte d’Ivoire In their recent trip to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Professor Carolina de Weerth and postdoctoral fellow Bonnie Brett had the wonderful opportunity to meet with the Dutch ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire and her assistant to discuss their recent … Read more
  • A Visit to the Institut Pasteur, Côte d’Ivoire
    Côte d’Ivoire As part of a recent trip to Côte d’Ivoire, Professor Carolina de Weerth and postdoctoral fellow Bonnie Brett (who recently completely a study examining probiotic effects on cognition in children in Abidjan, the capital) visited the Insitut … Read more
  • Introducing Yoba to Côte d’Ivoire
    Côte d’Ivoire On January 20th, in Abidjan, Professor Carolina de Weerth and postdoctoral fellow Bonnie Brett, in collaboration with Dr. Wilbert Sybesma of the Yoba for Life Foundation, held a one-day workshop on the potential benefits of supporting locally … Read more